International SPA Association

Spa Awareness

News Note

The International SPA Association (ISPA) has declared October as Spa Awareness Month. ISPA is a professional organization and voice of the spa industry, representing more than 1,400 health and wellness facilities and providers. The organization is looking to take its mantra defining the spa experience — “your time to relax, reflect, revitalize and rejoice” — to the general public. Throughout the month, members will offer special demonstrations and spa tips. For more information, visit

Taking the Waters

A Historical Look at Water Therapy and Spa Culture Over the Ages

Taking the Waters. It’s a phrase that holds mysterious connotations from a simpler, ancient time. Just as with water therapies today, Taking the Waters was, and is, a physical venture into healing, cleansing and rejuvenation. What has been significantly lost from the Taking the Waters experience of old is the integration of domains. Art, socialization, nutrition, honest leisure, discussion, music — these interdisciplinary elements were all part of the spa culture of which Taking the Waters has historically been a part.